CIESEastern Michigan University

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtables are scheduled on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.

“The Role of the Library in Internationalization”

Roundtable Facilitators:
Tara Fulton & Rachel Cheng, Eastern Michigan University

Are you concerned about the information literacy skills of international students? What kind of library services can you expect when you or your students conduct research abroad? Are you interested in how digitization and electronic dissemination are affecting scholarly communication in different countries? Librarians can be your best partners in global initiatives. Join us for a discussion around topics relevant to libraries and internationalization at this roundtable conversation.

“Africa’s initiatives to create a ‘United States of Africa’: Success and pitfalls”

Roundtable Facilitator:
Charles Muwonge, Eastern Michigan University

Africa’s attempt to remain competitive in the global market is evident in the initiatives of the African leaders to create a ‘United States of Africa’. How is the process of enhancing Africa’s competitiveness being facilitated by the global community? How about the ugly reality of brain drain? Africa's scarce resources spent on training professionals that would be a beacon for progress are being displaced by African professional that opt to relocate in developed economies. The discussion also examines the phenomena of Cultural Shock. Accomplished African professionals living in developed economies now faced with the lack of transferability of skills acquired in their home countries. Also under consideration is the cultural dynamics of African vs. African as well as African vs. African-American, and how Africans cope with stereotypes.

“Strategizing Campus Internationalization: Bottom Up or Top Down?”

Roundtable Facilitator:
Stephen Burwood, Director of International Programs, Eastern Michigan University

Internationalization is like Good and Truth: who can get away these days with saying they are not in favor? Just like Good and Truth, we are much better at aspiring to internationalization than in making it a reality on our campuses. So what does it take to internationalize a campus? Does it take committed leadership from the top or enthusiasm and energy from the bottom? And who defines what internationalization actually is and how much of it constitutes internationalizing a campus? And in an age of tight finances and stressed out faculty how do you balance internationalization with other core educational activities?

“University/NGO Partnerships in International Education Development”

Roundtable facilitators:
Iveta Silova and Michael Russell, Lehigh University

Partnerships between higher education institutions and NGOs are becoming common in the field of international development. For universities, these partnerships provide an opportunity to internationalize curriculum by engaging students and faculty in international development. For NGOs, partnerships provide access to international expertise and networks. How do these partnerships balance the diverse interests of all stakeholders? What are some of the ethical implications? Participants will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of university/NGO partnerships in an increasingly complex international aid landscape.

“Globalization and Education in Policy and Practice: Whose Meaning? What Contradictions?”

Roundtable facilitator: Robert Lawson, the Ohio State University

“Globalization" has become a catch phrase implying all that is good and open in education.  In fact, there are fundamental differences on what is basic in education, regarding religion, language, history, and knowledge in general, which challenge a "global education." Contradictions are swept under the rug with slogans like "think globally, act locally."

“The Effect of Technology in Globalizing Education”

Roundtable facilitator: Michael McVey, Eastern Michigan University

Both students and teachers are finding increased access to the Internet, lowered costs for computers, improved translation software, and social software erasing borders and distance. What will this do for efforts to globalize schools? Participants with some unique perspectives will engage in a discussion of how technology has the potential to change schooling itself.

“After the Fulbright: Momentum & Opportunity”

Roundtable facilitators:
Denise Pilato, David M. Anderson & Kristine Ajrouch, Eastern Michigan University

The Fulbright experience is really never over, even though the formal experience has a clear end date.  A sense of what comes next creates a level of momentum with new directions for research, study abroad, and other teaching and learning possibilities.  Post-Fulbright opportunities continue to offer global perspectives in unexpected and energizing ways. Research (e.g., SRI International, 2002) has indicated three important ongoing effects of Fulbright exchanges: 1) Fulbright experiences lead to long-term impacts on scholars’ personal, professional, and institutional behaviors and activities (including very positive effects on scholars’ professional lives, contributing to greater insight into their field, to their subsequent professional publications and works, and to enhanced professional credentials); 2)  Scholars build linkages and long-term relationships with host institutions and foreign colleagues (including becoming much more involved in international activities since their Fulbright experiences); and 3) There is a distinct “multiplier effect” where new knowledge and perspectives are gained and shared not only by the scholars but also by their colleagues, professional contact, students, friends, and families, who in turn influence an ever-widening circle of individuals, generating impacts both during their grant period and for many years thereafter. This roundtable will discuss these ongoing impacts of Fulbright exchanges from the perspective of previous Fulbright participants.

“The Community College System in the US: A Higher Education Giant Still Underdeveloped for International Collaboration”

Roundtable Facilitator:
Bin Ning, Eastern Michigan University

There are more than 1,100 community colleges enrolling around 9 million students. As a system, community colleges in the US present great potentials for advancing international collaboration; yet, the collaboration is still far behind their 4-year counterparts, especially at rural and suburban community colleges. The issue is true in other countries as well. China, for example, has more than 1,000 vocational and technical colleges. Many of them have the motivation and resources to strengthen international collaboration, but they face great challenges as well. So, what can we do from a policy and practical perspective to improve international collaboration between community colleges and their oversea counterparts? What are the obstacles and possible solutions?